Stephanie R. Paulmeno, President and Treasurer
Stephanie Paulmeno has been chairman of Communities 4 Action and its predecessor, the Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council (LFCRAC), since its inception in 2005. She is a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Gerontology. She has a post-Masters training certificate in nursing home administration. Stephanie has worked clinically and administratively in health, mental health, community health and the full range of long term care for over 48 years. She spent 7 years as the Director of Community Health Planning for the Greenwich Department of Health prior to starting her own public health consulting firm in 2009, Global Health Systems Consultants, LLC. She serves on numerous Boards, Advisory Boards, and Commissions in the varied health care fields as well as with colleges and is currently President-elect of her State Nursing Association.
John Hamilton, Vice President
John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Liberation Programs, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program. Renowned for his passion for the field, John has an extensive history of helping thousands of people build the foundation for a lasting recovery. The 30-year industry veteran has consulted for the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), and been CEO of Recovery Network of Programs, a non-profit behavioral health agency serving the Greater Bridgeport Community. John has worked in the field of addiction prevention and treatment since 1981, and holds licenses in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. John currently chairs the advisory board for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and serves on the Governors Alcohol and Drug Policy Council.
Jeff Holland, Secretary
Jeff Holland has been an active volunteer with Communities 4 Action since 2009, when he helped to spearhead the Medication Disposal Drop-box program that has now been implemented statewide. Jeff's work with non-profits dates back to 1978, when he helped found an emergency shelter in Greenwich that is now known as "Kids in Crisis". He later went on to become an EMT, and it was through this experience that he came to appreciate the importance of prevention. In response to a growing number of opioid overdoses, Jeff worked with Communities 4 Action and the CT Office of EMS to allow EMTs and others to administer the overdose antidote Naloxone. He has since volunteered with the state to train municipal police in opioid overdose response.